Music producer Raphy Pina and reggaeton pioneer Ivy Queen got into a public argument on Instagram last weekend over a possible collaboration that would feature multiple female artists in el movimiento.
It all started when Pina uploaded a post to Instagram saying that he wanted to get more women in the Latine music space to work together. In his post, he wrote: “Beefing and all that promo that at the time worked for us is cool. Now, wouldn’t it be powerful to bring these four queens together?” he wrote on his caption of a carrousel of pictures he posted featuring big names like Natti Natasha, Karol G, Becky G, and Rosalía. He then urged producers to send their ideas in hopes of getting this collaboration to happen.
On the post, which currently has over 200,000 likes, Pina also tagged artists like María Becerra, Nicki Nicole, Anitta, Cazzu, Ivy Queen, and more. “We’re all about joining forces,” he concluded. “Natti feat ?” Anitta responded by commenting a red heart emoji. DJ Africa commented he could count on him.
However, when Ivy Queen read this sentiment, it didn’t seem she was all too pleased. “I’m glad you have that mentality, the same as I had three years ago and I still have the recording,” she wrote in the comments. La Caballota referenced a song she’s been unable to put out since a release hasn’t been signed by an unnamed artist under Pina’s label. “I’ll take advantage of the fact that you are in that mentality to ask you for your artist’s release so I can put out my song,” she continued. “I’m so glad you want to support the union I’ve been advocating for a long time. SHARING NOT COMPETING.”
The song Ivy Queen referenced was presumably one with Pina’s fiancée, singer Natti Natasha. But Pina wasn’t having it.
He responded to her comment, writing: “Don’t try to hold me responsible for a song (demo) that Natti recorded before working with me.” He denied ever receiving a song or release form from her camp, telling her to ask them to show her proof of this.
Pina attempted to end the beef amicably by concluding: “If you wish to work on a new, real SMASH, we’re at your service, whether it’s for you or for Natti.”
Ivy Queen, however, didn’t let things end there without further explaining her side of the story. A reggaeton fan account shared a video of Ivy Queen explaining her position and why she’s advocating for this song to come out. In it, she says that she, essentially, already did what Pina is campaigning for: a song with multiple women in the Latine music world. She recounted how she recruited multiple colleagues to work on a female empowerment track, but because of the unsigned released, she has been unable to release it.
The “Quiero Bailar” singer has been a champion for Latine women empowerment for her entire career. It seems Pina shares Ivy Queen’s vision, so why not join forces and help her release this song that already exists rather than taking the lead in something that’s not in his lane? We hope they can resolve this misunderstanding and, as Pina kept reiterating, “sumar” to the cause of bringing these artists together.